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Recap / Sliders S 03 E 07 Dragonslide

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Originally aired November 8, 1996

Written by Tony Blake & Paul Jackson

Directed by David Livingston

On a world where magic exists, Quinn falls in love with a beautiful maiden who's being kept prisoner by an evil wizard obsessed with gaining immortality. Wade casts a spell to help Rembrandt hook up with a woman he likes, but the spell backfires and causes Rembrandt to fall in love with Wade instead.

Tropes present in the episode:


  • All of the Other Reindeer: Arturo jokingly notes that he's the only male Slider not currently hung up on a woman.
  • Badass Family: On this world, Quinn's family is made up of powerful wizards.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Melinda believes this, but it's offered a twist.
    Arturo: Melinda, that which is beautiful is not always good, but that which is good is always beautiful.
  • Didn't See That Coming: The love potion making Rembrandt head over heels in love with Wade.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Gareth Carr.
  • Eye Scream: Quinn and Arturo speak with a columnist about Gareth. The columnist once wrote something unfavorable about him and came down with an "unexplained" case of blindness.
  • Facial Horror: Part of Melinda's face is scarred due to her being caught in a fire when she was a child.
  • Glamour: Melinda uses this to hide her facial scars. Arturo, however, urges her to use the magic maintaining the glamour to heal a critically-wounded Quinn.
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  • Grand Theft Me: Gareth plots to execute this on Quinn to gain immortality.
  • I Regret Nothing: Melinda has no regrets about sacrificing her beauty for his life.
  • Immortality: Gareth wants to become immortal.
  • Last of His Kind: Gareth killed the other Mallorys, but he keeps one (Phillip) in suspended animation. This is attributed to fear of incurring the wrath of Mercury for wiping out an entire lineage.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The Sliders handed Melinda over to the police to be returned to Gareth. Upon seeing she didn't want that, Quinn felt guilty and set about trying to save her.
  • Only Sane Sliders: Rembrandt notes that he and Wade are the only normal people on this journey.
  • Skepticism Failure: Arturo openly admits he can't explain the various magical sights.
  • The Power of Love: The love potion aspect is initially Played for Laughs, but Rembrandt reveals he has a deep love for Wade's soul and that being with her is like being home.
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  • Villain of the Week: Gareth Carr, evil wizard.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Melinda and Gareth believe Quinn to be an immortal sorcerer instead of a man of science.


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